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On The Road, Discovering Jewish America

From Hoboken to Houston to Albuquerque, Jewish life bubbling up.

02/10/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Phoenix — Doing a book tour is an enlightening, enriching, though often humbling, experience. My sporadic travels over the last six months, courtesy of a Jewish Book Council program encouraging communities to host Jewish authors, have given me new insights into how Jewish life plays out around the country, marked by both great contrasts and strong similarities. 

Gary Rosenblatt

The Yid Bit

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish life is dependent on accurate weights and measures. We have minimum and maximum sizes that determine the height of a sukkah, the appropriate amount of matzah to constitute the mitzvah and the length of a Shabbat enclosure that ensures it’s kosher. We believe that articulating and being honest about weights and measures helps us have a life that is more rewarding and satisfying because it is quantifiable and, we hope, more honest. This is straight from Deuteronomy: “You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (25:15).

Erica Brown

How David Met Ronit

'Meet your spouse at Hillel House,' even if you're in your late thirties.

08/03/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“Meet your spouse at Hillel House” – was the chant of student leaders at the St. Louis Hillel, according to the late Rabbi James Diamond, the respected executive director of Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) from 1972 until 1995.  Rabbi Diamond wrote:  “I always regarded matchmaking among the items on Hillel’s hidden agenda. What better way to promote the Jewish future? Marriages are made in heaven, but Hillel helps.”

David and Ronit. Kevin Dern

Donald Sterling, David Ben Gurion And What They Tell Us About Anti-Semitism Today

06/02/2014 - 20:00

What could Donald Sterling and Ben Gurion possibly have in common other than they are both Jewish?

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability.

Dan Perla

Data Will Be Needed To Attract The Next Generation

01/01/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the most striking societal changes in the past decade has been the emergence of data as a major force in shaping the way we think about the world.

Gideon Taylor

Yehuda Kurtzer, Elevating the conversation.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Yehuda Kurtzer, 35

Twitter: @YehudaKurtzer

Growing up, Yehuda Kurtzer was accustomed to high-level discussions around the dinner table.

Yehuda Kurtzer

Changing Up The Bar And Bat Mitzvah Experience

04/16/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Did you chant a Haftorah at your bar or bat mitzvah?

Do you remember what it was about?

Have you chanted any others since then?

Rabbi Joy Levitt, executive director of the JCC in Manhattan, believes that the heavy emphasis on teaching youngsters to chant a Haftorah on their special days is a sign of “wasted training and the wrong message” for bar and bat mitzvah youngsters.

“We’re not preparing them for Jewish life” with such rituals, she says. “On the contrary, we’ve sabotaged their Jewish life.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Forgotten Population: Domestic Workers in Our Homes

06/16/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Ever stop to ask the salary of the woman washing dishes on Shabbat in your neighbor's home, or the gentleman mowing your friend's lawn about his vacation, or the nanny raising the children down the block whether she had time to sit down for lunch today? If you did, you most likely discovered an unpleasant situation of inadequate pay, few or no breaks, no paid sick or vacation days and perhaps even bullying or verbal abuse. But how can it be? Those employers (neighbors) seem so nice, and their domestic workers always seem to be smiling and content.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Artificial Meat: Kosher or Not?

06/16/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q -  I recently heard reports about the creation of artificial meat, using with animal stem cells.  To this point, it exists only in a Petri dish, but it's time to start asking the tough questions.  As one who keeps kosher and who is a vegetarian, would this kind of meat would be kosher - and would that be true even for pork?  And since no killing would be involved, could a vegetarian eat this meat with a clear conscience?

A- As they say at Citi Field, it’s time to “Meet the Meats.”

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
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